Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well known and respected man in the town. He held several important local governmental positions. William Shakespeare's mother was Mary Arden. Though she was the daughter of a local farmer, she was related to a family of considerable wealth and social standing. Mary Arden and John Shakespeare were married in 1557. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564. He was one of eight children. The Shakespeare's were well respected prominent people. When William Shakespeare was about seven years old, he probably began attending the Stratford Grammar School with other boys of his social class. Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a day. The teachers were strict disciplinarians. Though Shakespeare spent long hours at school, his boyhood was probably fascinating. Stratford was a lively town and during holidays, it was
Discuss the role of the Mechanicals and the significance of their play in this text
Discuss the role of Nick Bottom and the significance of his portrayal in this text The significance and role of Nick Bottom is made prominent by Shakespeare. This is due to the fact that the play he is in is relevant not just to the text, but also to Shakespeare in terms of his personal life and in historical context. Nick Bottom is part of the mechanicals who are a group of six men who meet to rehearse and later perform a play. Five of the mechanicals are performers and one is a narrator. Nick Bottom plays Pyramus in this play. It is based around two characters that fall in love; however circumstances prevent them from seeing each other. The play is to be performed for Theseus and Hippolyta at their wedding. The Mechanicals are a group of six men who would have been examples of ordinary men in Shakespeare's day. People's reaction to the play in Shakespeare's day is important in the analysis of this play. The mechanicals are significant to the overall play in their resemblance to amateur actors of the Shakespeare's time. Shakespeare depicts the mechanicals as stereotypes of amateur actors of his day who were usually extremely poor. This is illustrated in the play through the unprofessional portrayal of Bottom. This is highlighted by the point in the play when Nick Bottom talks to the audience: 'No, in truth sir, he should not. 'Deceiving me' is Thisbe's cue. She is to enter
Do you think the presentation of the Mechanicals, and their play, is funny or patronising, or do you think Shakespeare intended us to take them seriously?
Do you think the presentation of the Mechanicals, and their play, is funny or patronising, or do you think Shakespeare intended us to take them seriously? In the play I believe that the Mechanicals have no direct link to the lovers, I think that this highlights their role in the play as a source of comedy. Although one may be led to differ because of the Mechanical's performance at the end of the play I still believe this to be the case. The Mechanicals, who all have funny names, as a group represent simple, ordinary people. If not a little less intellectual and a little more clumsy than ordinary people. Their simplicity is reflected by the description of them as "Hard-handed men", this suggests that they are ordinary laborious people. Their preparations for an attempt to put on a play for Theseus and Hippolyta are ludicrous and hilarious but their honesty suggests a geniune effort , which at the end of the play one is inclined to respect. The Mechanicals first appear in Act 1 Scene 2. They meet in the woods to reheasre the play. This scene is comically effective because these somewhat unsophisticated men seem to take themselves so very seriously and because of their obvious misuse of english. This scene shows us that the Mechanicals' humour is very farce, in that it is very obvious and direct. In this scene the audience finds out immediately that the Mechanicals are
William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, daughter of a local farmer. Church records prove that Shakespeare was one of eight children to the Shakespeare household,
WILL'S LIFE. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon on April 23rd 1564. Records from the Holy Trinity Church show that he was baptised on 26th April 1564. William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, daughter of a local farmer. Church records prove that Shakespeare was one of eight children to the Shakespeare household, sadly however, three died during childhood. Shakespeare is said to have gone to a free grammar school in his home town, but there is no proof. The excellence and talent of his works show that he had a solid education. Next in Shakespeare's life was his marriage to Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare was 18, but Anne was 26, and she was pregnant. The couple were married on November 26th 1582. Their first child Susannah was born on May 26th 1583. Finally came along the twins, Hamnet and Judith on February 2nd 1585. Sadly, Hamnet died during her childhood at the age of 11. For seven years, Shakespeare disappears from all records, and this has now been called ' The lost years. ' In 1592, William turned up in London. By 1594 Shakespeare was acting and writing plays. William's success meant that he could buy a new house, and he retired in Stratford in the year 1611. William Shakespeare also wrote his will in 1611, ( a copy of the will is in the project. ) and it is alleged that he died on his Birthday, April
Shakespeare's romantic comedies range from the mystical to the ludicrous. Plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night dip into the essences of the mystical and ludicrous and distasteful.
Ashley Abboud Shakespeare 509 November 17, 2002 Paper #2 Shakespeare's romantic comedies range from the mystical to the ludicrous. Plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night dip into the essences of the mystical and ludicrous and distasteful. It has been said that these elements for example, "love-in-idleness juice," the anti-Semitism of the Merchant of Venice and the social distinctions of Twelfth Night, are all "problematic to the readers of the 21st century." This essay will explain how these attributes of Shakespeare's work are some what of a hindrance to the readers of the 21st century. To begin with A Midsummer Night's Dream, the idea of love-in -idleness juice is a little too much. The problem is not so much with the juice itself but the implications of the juice kept on the eyes of Demetrius. At the beginning of the play he is truly in love with Hermia, but because of the fairy Oberon, he is forced to love Helena, "A sweet Athenian lady is in love with a disdainful youth. Anoint his eyes but do it when the next thing he espies may be the lady," (2.1.260-262). Of course at this part of the play the juice is put onto Lysander. It is at the end of the play that the love-in-idleness juice is truly a problem; Demetrius marries Hermia under the power of its spell. This compromises the "romance" part of the comedy. Every
Today we know more about Shakespeare than any other play writers of his time because of his mastering of English literature. However, today it is true to say that we have no record of what Shakespeare actually looked like.
Oral Today we know more about Shakespeare than any other play writers of his time because of his mastering of English literature. However, today it is true to say that we have no record of what Shakespeare actually looked like. William Shakespeare was born in Snitterfield, a small town in Stratford on April 23rd, 1564. At this town the youthful William spent his childhood in a leather merchant's family until later on marrying an older woman by the name of Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare was a Christian. Church records give evidence that he was baptised in a Holy Trinity Church on April 26, 1564 with the authority of his parents, John Shakespeare, Mary Arden. Very well known in the town and were mentioned as 'gentlemen' of the time. Shakespeare's father John had a large family of 10 children, William being the eldest. Two of them died at the date of their birth and one past away early in his existence, leaving him with seven. Shakespeare lived a life full of excitement and some say he was lucky to be around at the right time when theatre plays were incredibly popular or Shakespeare might never had been heard of. After a gigantic contribution to the world of literary by writing a grand total of thirty-seven of plays in Shakespeare's life, although there is no exact record of his death but some say in assumption he died on April 23rd, 1616, from the cause of alcoholism.
Performing "Snow White"
Nicole Daniel 1 Clitherow Written Examination Drama Essay- Part 1 This coursework is going to be based on an extract from the play "More Grimm Tales" which was formerly written by "Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm" and "Wilhelm Carl Grimm" but later on adapted by Carol Ann Duffy. My group and me are performing "Snow White" which is an extract from "More Grimm Tales", In the play I perform two parts they are the part of the prince and three different dwarfs, as the prince my character is bold and courageous it is my duty as the prince to rescue Snow White and make her my bride. My role as dwarfs is to perform them in with different personalities. The personalities I have to I have to be performing are sleepy, happy, and doc. In my coursework am going to be describing the similarities and differences between the text and performance of "Snow White" and "The complete works of William Shakespeare", I am going to pay great detail to the social, historical, and cultural aspects of the texts, I will also be making comparisons with the designs, styles, characterisations and ideas within the plays. The play "More Grimm Tales" is a European folklore tale, which was written in the 19th century it incorporates the fairytales of the "Grimm Brothers". The story was developed and adapted by Carol Ann Duffy who rewrote the story in 1953 and turned them into play form, the play I am performing
One Man In His Time Plays Many Parts
"One Man In His Time Plays Many Parts" Shakespeare's use of metaphor in seeing the world as a stage and life as a play to be acted out on this stage is simple and effective. Mankind becomes a player on this stage and life is broken down into seven ages. During these seven ages each person can play many different parts. He starts with the infant. "Mewling and Puking in the nurses arms" This indicates a derogatory attitude to the helpless infant who is dependent on the nurse. The infant has now grown into a schoolboy and the mewling has now become whining. "Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school." His attitude has changes and the tone is more sympathetic. The ugly infant has now become a schoolboy with a shining morning face. The lover grows from the schoolboy and he develops from a reluctant student to a sensitive young man. Shakespeare adapts a playful tone. "Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow." When speaking of the soldier a cynical tone emerges. "Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour; sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth." The soldier changes and plays the part of the well fed wise judge. He has an outward appearance of severity and quote wise sayings. A mocking tone is
Shakesphere and The Renaissance
"....And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself which you yet know not of. " - William Shakespeare In 1564, the world gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, one of the most brilliant talents we have ever experienced. This newborn would bring us tears and laughs, blood and death, even suicide and incest. William Shakespeare was that bouncing baby boy, and did he give us so much to write about. The quote above, from Mr. Shakespeare, best explains the reason for this paper. It is about self discovery and wanting to learn more. Not just from a textbook, but from ourselves. Relating to material from the student's point of view is most important. Anybody can re-write the history of a person, but examining their true inner self is what makes Historical Character's so fascinating. William Shakespeare's early life is a mystery. Books and articles publicly state "Nothing definite is known about his boyhood. From the content of his plays, he must have learned early about the people he later portrayed with such good humor. As good writers do, he must have collected information both from books and from daily observation of the world around him." (Renaissance-faire.com/Renfaires) Just a small amount of information has been found by historians of many sources. Mr. Shakespeare attended
Compare and contrast the presentation of the Supernatural within your Devised Thematic Coursework with the theatrical treatment of this theme in different times and cultures.
GCSE Drama Written Coursework Compare and contrast the presentation of the Supernatural within your Devised Thematic Coursework with the theatrical treatment of this theme in different times and cultures. We decided to perform a piece of the supernatural having seen a production of a 'Woman in Black.' The texts that we used as the basis of our piece came from Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. The style of our piece was very comic and bold, all the actors with the exception of one were ghosts, which made the play unique. My particular acting role involved contributing to the 'ghostliness' of the play by enacting the outraged and far from scary ghost, Macbeth. The fact that none of us resembled anything 'scary' at all made the play all the more comic. The lighting effects we used in order to create atmosphere were not those usually associated with the supernatural. On the occasions that the lights were dim, this was not to create suspense or tension but to prevent the audience from seeing certain parts of the stage. The lighting effect most used was 'general cover' to create a sense of normality, as opposed to a supernatural sense. The style we really wanted to portray to a modern audience was a comic one. The 'ghostly' figures were therefore portrayed as being comical and not the conventional 'spooky' that we see so often today which could be very